Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists he is happy at the club despite reports of owner Roman Abramovich growing impatient with the Italian.

Conte led the Blues to the Premier League title in his debut season last year, winning a record-breaking 30 games.

But Chelsea have endured a harder time this term, as they currently sit third, 15 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

The Italian has voiced his concerns over his lack of participation in the club’s signings, which has reportedly angered Abramovich, but Conte insists he is still fully committed to Chelsea.

“I would be very happy to continue to work with my players,” Conte told reporters, according to BBC Sport.

“I’m happy to try every day to put all myself for this job. I would be very happy if there are some new players.

“I’m repeating always the same thing – I’m the coach. My task is to try to do the best for this club, to try to improve my players for this club.”

Doubts have started to grow over Conte’s future with the Italian reportedly set to leave at the end of the season, with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid expected to be on the lookout for a new manager.

Chelsea’s torrid start to 2018

Chelsea were knocked out of the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, losing 2-1 to Arsenal on aggregate to ensure their poor start to 2018 continued.

The Blues started the year with a 2-2 draw against the Gunners in the Premier League and followed that up with three 0-0 draws in three competitions.

Chelsea have played Arsenal three times in 2018, drawing two and losing once

The first came in the FA Cup away to Championship Norwich City, then another draw with Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, before also tieing with Leicester City in the Premier League.

Chelsea once again struggled to break down Norwich in the FA Cup third round replay, conceding an injury-time equaliser after having taken the lead, before edging the game on penalties.

An away trip to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League brought Conte’s first win of the year, beating the Seagulls 3-0 but Wednesday’s defeat to Arsenal ended Chelsea’s 12-game unbeaten run.

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Harry Edwards